What is the role of lab tests in the workup of pediatric headache?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: J Ivan Lopez, MD, FAAN, FAHS; Chief Editor: George I Jallo, MD  more...
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In cases of headache associated with head trauma or a significant intracranial hemorrhage, a consumptive coagulopathy, such as thrombocytopenia, and prolonged prothrombin and activated partial thromboplastin times may be evident. Thus, a complete blood count (CBC), prothrombin time (PT), and activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) may be indicated in such cases.

Check anticonvulsant levels in patients with a headache and a known history of epilepsy because adequate seizure control usually prevents the headache.


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